[hot-foo t]

noun, plural hot·foots.

a practical joke in which a match, inserted surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe, is lighted and allowed to burn down.

verb (used without object)

Informal. to go in great haste; walk or run hurriedly or rapidly (often followed by it): to hotfoot it to the bus stop.


with great speed in going; in haste.

Origin of hotfoot

1250–1300; Middle English hot fot (adv.). See hot, foot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for hotfoot

fly, streak, run, clip, zip, gallop, tear, zoom, dart, dash, race, scoot, hurtle, sprint, speed, barrel, bolt, boogie

Examples from the Web for hotfoot

Historical Examples of hotfoot

  • "Raish is hotfoot after that stock of mine," growled the light keeper.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Hotfoot from speech with me thou wentest to the battle," said he.

    The Valkyries

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • Seize horses or even asses for your men, and ride in hotfoot.

    Told in the East

    Talbot Mundy

  • "Let's hotfoot it down to the African village and see what the movies are doing that is interesting today," she proposed.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Just you stir your stumps and hotfoot a slug of square-faced gin into me if you know what's for your own best good.'

British Dictionary definitions for hotfoot



with all possible speed; quickly


to move quickly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012